Hurricanes don’t stop voters from turning out to the polls

Hurricanes don't stop voters from turning out on election day

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Hurricanes Laura and Delta changed so much in Southwest Louisiana, including Election Day. But that didn’t stop voters from turning out to the polls.

81-year old Yvonne Carpenter has voted in every presidential election she can remember.

“I wanted the one that I wanted for president to win, that’s why I came,” Carter said. “And if I didn’t come, I would’ve said ‘Oh maybe if I’d have went, maybe it would’ve made a difference,’ you know.”

But for some, this election is their first to cast a ballot.

“I was excited, this is my first time,” Jakayla Winford said. “I liked doing it. I’d do this again too.”

Gabriella Quiñones and Lucas Sonier were also commissioners working this year’s election.

“It’s a major presidential election, and I think it’s pretty important to have my voice heard and cast my vote,” Sonier said.

“As opposed to just simply voting, I’m here, I’m working it and it’s just very empowering,” Quiñones said.

Joseph Belcher drove to Lake Charles from New Orleans to cast his ballot.

“I think it’s very important to have a hand in the whole process,” Belcher said. “I think it’s very important and our duty as democratic citizens to have that right and to use that right.”

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